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in politics, where emotion will pull the logic train. the emotion of what happened in newtown, connecticut, the emotion contained in a week of funerals, we're at the front of a church or synagogue or a mosque, you're going to be very small -- there are going to be very small caskets. t.j., if we still have the picture of jack pinto buried yesterday in newtown, connecticut, buried in his little league uniform, that right there is what is going to change the dialogue for this. people carry around for years pictures of their children in little league uniforms, hockey uniforms, first and second grade school picture. that's the picture, the emotion that will pull this thing. >> if it doesn't, there's a serious problem. i understand the president does -- has a lot to do, when it comes to making sure that our economy doesn't fall off the cliff. there are tens of millions of working americans that know that the fiscal cliff situation needs to be addressed. isn't human nature funny, though, how we need to get moving on this? >> those critical issues you just mentioned, they seem so insignificant. >
obama was in connecticut last night speaking to a high school gymnasium as part of a memorial service. he said some things. no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevalent every senseless act of violence in our society but that can't be an excuse for inaction. >> right there, i feel better. that can't be excuse for inactions. that means he is committed and going on the recognize, some kind of action. >> good morning, it's tuesday, december 18th. with us, we have mike barnicle, author of "thomas jefferson," willie, joe and me as well. >> that was fascinating, wasn't it? >> that was. that was dead serious. he was not feeling anything else at that point, i think. >> i tell you, yesterday really did touch americans in a way, this whole weekend, and the president's speech and people like joe manchin stepping forward, really, i think -- i think it's got americans talking, for the first time, on this issue, in a really surprising way. i was -- i was struck not by how many democrats or liberals called after the show and said, boy, we really liked what you guys did and the conver
quiet in the days following the newtown, connecticut, shooting, giving people time to mourn. now they are speaking up and they have a lot to say. despite protesters, the president and public opinion increasingly pushing against the gun lobby, the national rifle association sent a sharp message to its leader, wayne lapierre, no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with an a gun is a good guy with a gun. i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> reporter: in a wide-ranging statement, lapierre condemned the violence in connecticut, colorado and other places, but steered the conversation away from guns and gun law. indeed he lambasted officials who want to restrict guns from schools. >> in doing so they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> the nra has blood on its hands. >> reporter: despite twice being interrupted by protesters, lapierre went on to blame the media. >> a child growing
this morning. the latest is coming up in a second. from accuweather the story of the week, in connecticut, that tragedy. and one week after the massacre, how the nation will pause today and remember the victims as the debate over gun violence continues to intensify around the country. another somber occasion in what's been an extraordinarily somber week. >> for me it doesn't even feel like a week. >> no. and you can imagine in newtown, it doesn't feel anything like christmas should feel. just horribly sad. we'll bring you the latest coming up in a second. >>> also this morning, the people who are insisting that the end of the world is happening today, all this talk about the end of the mayan calendar has some people doing some rather drastic things. >> so far so good. we're looking all right. >> we're here. >> we'll see what the rest of the day brings. it's been fun in case we're not here later. >>> and later, if there is a later, simon cowell has a brand new reality of his own. something is going on behind the scenes and it involves someone very special. you will not believe who simon co
connecticut to be his home, leaving the door open for a potential future run in that state. and actor and director ben affleck isn't ready to leave hollywood. the "argo" star, who had showed interest in politics, confirms he doesn't want kerry's seat, saying "i love massachusetts and our political process, but i am not running for office." >>> former president george h.w. bush is in the intensive care unit at houston methodist hospital this morning after suffering from what doctors call a stubborn fever. the president has been hospitalized since thanksgiving for bronchitis. he was expected to be released before christmas, but a series of setbacks sent him to the icu on sunday. the 88-year-old is currently on a liquid diet. doctors say they are cautiously optimistic about the treatment. a bush family spokesman says the former president remains alert and is surrounded by family. >>> overseas, former south african president nelson mandela is at home this morning after spending almost three weeks in the hospital for a lung infection. the 94-year-old antiapartheid leader was released wedne
getting ready for school in newtown, connecticut. those 26 innocents were gunned down in cold blood inside the sandy hook elementary school. this morning at 9:30 eastern time, the country is invited to observe a moment of silence along with newtown. there's been an endless procession of grief to remember all of these victims. three more funerals will be held today. this morning at 9:30 eastern time in connecticut and across the entire nation, a moment of silence will be observed followed by the ringing of church bells. that will happen 26 times. cnn's poppy harlow is live in newtown, connecticut. good morning to you, poppy. >> reporter: good morning, zoraida. you see the volunteers behind me here. 5:00 a.m. in the morning, they're working trying to keep this makeshift memorial beautiful for this town. it's one of so many that has sprung up across newtown. at 9:30 eastern this morning, the world will be grieving and remembering with this entire community, that moment of silence will be felt around the world. also, you're going to hear church bells ringing across this town 26 to 28 times for
the slaughter of children that happened in newtown, connecticut. here's what bothered me. they were, the nra spokespeople have been willing to deal with every possible cause of gun violence except guns. >> the notion, the whole idea of putting armed personnel in schools is not new. school districts across the country continue to grapple with this question of security on their school grounds. but advocates of more gun laws, the opposite of the nra, they offer this. a reminder that there was an armed secured officer at the columbine high school in colorado. the day of that 1999 massacre and they say, controlling gun violence requires a package of solutions well beyond the schoolhouse door. miguel? >> so very many opinions on this. let's look at some front pages. one says he's a gun nut, from a conservative post. and "the new york daily news" headlined la pierre, the craziest man on earth. barbara, you know your way around washington, you know the political landscape there. how did what could only be described as a rant go over in your fair city? >> well i think one of the big questions right n
interviewed nra's president david keene. >>> it is one week since the newtown, connecticut, school shooting which changed the gun control debate. short time ago americans paused to honor the 20 children and 6 women who were killed in that massacre. bell toll [ bell tolling ] church bells rang 26 times as newtown officials and residents stood with connecticut governor dan malloy. churches also rang their bells in washington and other cities. on thursday services were held for six of the people killed inside sandy hook elementary school. there was also a funeral in new hampshire for nancy lanza, the mother and first victim of gunman adam lanza. seth doane is in newtown where more funerals for the victims will be held this morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie and good morning to our viewers in the west. across the country, governors and mayors have called for a special day of mourning and a moment of silence to mark one week since this tragedy. >> it sucks. there's no reason for us to be here tonight. >> reporter: expressions of disbelief and grief echo
and in connecticut and not just this disaster but going back to 2011 and the catastrophe that connecticut suffered when you personally contacted me and offered assistance. i want the people to know that they have a real friend in the senator of louisiana. your leadership has been tremendous in this area. i want to briefly say thank you to the president for providing the strong leadership that he has in the wake of this disaster in connecticut. he prompely declared connecticut an emergency area and that permitted the s.p.a. to come along along with fema and the people on the ground that have been there for quite some time, many of the fema officials in advance of the storm. unfortunately, many of these recent storms and their scope and depth and the devastation they cause that we may face a new normal in this kind of catastrophic weather-related event. we need to prepare in the longer term as well as the short term that why the suggests made early this morning and other improvements will be made are so critically important. i think you need to know that the connecticut s.p.a. office has approved $6
. ♪ >>> well, in the days since the massacre in connecticut, there's been lots of talk about gun control. but one amazing young man has taken action. >> and he has been for years, in fact. that's because he's a survivor of another school shooting and has travelled the country to reveal just how easy it is to put lethal firepower in just about anybody's hands. abc's terry moran has more. >> reporter: this heartbreaking season continues in newtown. this season of funerals. as the country struggles to make sense of the horror, there's a voice you should hear. >> i know what it's like. it's the worst day of their life. it's chaotic. it's hopeless. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: colin knows what it's like to be in a classroom when an armed madman bursts in and starts shooting people. colin was a student at virginia tech. >> it was the most terrifying nine and a half minutes of my entire life. >> reporter: he was hit by four bullets. three of them are still in him. weeks after the shooting, he recalled those moments. >> the shooter came inside, and we were all on the ground, not moving, not m
is to say that connecticut is tough on guns, which a lot of people have said in the last few days, and they are by the standards we have. the fifth toughest according to the brady campaign. you can get any number of automatic rifles. you can have a grenade launcher attachment on these. it's not really tough on guns but by the standards we have. >> tough by the standards we have, which are very low. this slippery slope argument you can make on everything. if the tsa can frisk me at the airport, then what's going to stop them from following me back out to my car and checking through the trunk of my car and following my car back to my house and kicking down my door and going into my closets? you can make the slippery slope aargument and everything, and i have friends that i have great respect for at the nra that have been supported by the nra that still believe that if -- >> you get their point. >> of course i get their point. but they say if you take away this guy's bushmaster, then you take away withthe glock. no, we're not. no, no. guess what? people like mansion and myself, 80%,
, connecticut, and across the country are doing to pay tribute. >> reporter: here in newtown and beyond, a moment of silence and tolling of bells at 9:30 this morning at houses of worship across the country. bells rang 26 times, honoring the memories of 20 children and 6 women. from the president, a message to immediately address introduce laws on gun control. >> i want to take a minute to respond and let you know, we hear you. >> reporter: and for the first time since the tragedy, we'll hear from the national rifle association this morning, in a news conference that's been billed as a promise to be, quote, meaningful contributions to make sure this never happens again. it's a discussion that abc's cynthia mcfadden had with new york city mayor, michael bloomberg, on "nightline." >> you hold them responsible? >> well, i hold you and me responsible. i said that we didn't pay attention to what our legislators were doing. they, as well. but i don't absolve you or me. all of us. >> reporter: this is church where the bells tolled. as we remember the victims today, hundreds of schools across t
exclusive. new clues on a possible motive in the mass murder in connecticut, what the shooter's mom did that may have made him snap. we are live in newtown with the latest. >> steve: while you were sleeping the information on the benghazi embassy were released. we blew it. at least washington d. >> brian: state department i guess. think it is it acward when mom tried to find you on facebook. being poked by the ayatollah of iran. fox and friends starts right now. ♪ fox and friends. >> steve: the poking on facebook is a weird thing. you - on poke >> gretchen: poking? >> steve: you know what all of the people in the world are doing. >> gretchen: i can poke in different ways. i guess i will figure it out in facebook, too. 92 pokemon. in serious news, a report released on the benghazi terror attack. independent report left four americans including our embassy dead happened after systemic failures produced subparsecurity in our consul late, steves had more from washington. >> good morning, steve and everyone. that cathing report blames state department for a lack of proper security for the
gun control. this is all in the wake, of course, of that tragedy in newtown, connecticut. vice president joe biden will be meeting with law enforcement officials today in the first step of a push to end gun violence. the nra is expected to speak out tomorrow in its first news conference since the tragedy. and abc's jake tapper joins us from the white house. with the very latest. you asked the president yesterday in the news conference, where have you been for four years on this issue to eradicate semiautomatic weapons? >> reporter: that's right. then-senator biden had written that ban into law in 1994. but it expired in 2004. the vice president will be meeting with chiefs of police who support reinstating that ban. and the president will be reaching out to lawmakers to try to come up with post-newtown solutions. president obama had promised the citizens of newtown meaningful action. and in a morning press conference, he explained what that meant. an administration focused on preventing future tragedies by focusing on mental health, culture, education, and gun control. >> the fa
, this gun law by itself, we don't know if it would have prevented the massacre in connecticut. we just know, as sam said, after oregon, after colorado, after -- i think minnesota, the temple in minnesota. >> tucson, gabby giffords. >> after tucson, gabby giffords, after connecticut last week. these are no longer isolated random acts of violence. let's bring in jim vandehei with "politico's" playbook. and jim, it's not a cold december. things are heating up. >> it's not. we're talking about gun control, but if you think about the election, which seems so small, so little talk about what would happen in the next year, we now have two months where we'll be dealing with tax increases, entitlement reform, gun control and i think a real debate about creating a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the country, all in the first three months of this congress. and all of these are going to test what al was talking about earlier, that there is rhetorically a lot of republicans are saying the right thing. if you watch it, they've sort of put a sock in it when it comes to gay marriage, when
to the folks in connecticut. having experienced not as large but a similar with representative deferreds who sat next to me on the floor of the senate our hearts and thoughts got to them. even though the secretary of state is the chief election officials in arizona, the real work mostly is, the county level. within our 15 counties we have the election directors who are very bipartisan, multi partisan coming and work across party lines with them, their counties and across the county lines to try to make sure that every arizonan that is eligible to vote gets to vote. we have a very dedicated people what the county levels since kind of a misnomer to say the chief elections officials is that the state and people get the idea of the state wins elections and it's really the counties to the arizona has been served very well by having local officials elected by their friends and neighbors in those counties and communities that conduct the elections and they are more than anyone else interested in making sure that all of their citizens who aren't eligible to vote get the right to do so and make it as
and also some areas across eastern connecticut, parts of rhode island, and eastern massachusetts could be picking up significant snowfall, over six inches possible. pennsylvania, three inches. we could be seeing some here in new york city. >> juliet: all right. we'll get a little snow for the new year. >> eric: tough storm, but these ski areas, ski-related businesses have had two real tough years out of the last three. >> juliet: that's true. >> eric: a lot of people employed in those jobs. >> kelly: it cause a lot of tie-ups for people who want to get home. good silver lining. >> juliet: i got friends coming in from florida today. they're like please, let it snow. all right. now let's get to some headlines. new photos show north korea has repaired flooding damage at its nuclear test facility. it could launch its next missile test in as little as two weeks. that's the analysis of johns hopkins. the report says there is still water streaming out of a tunnel. that could pose problems. >>> if a deal isn't reached by midnight on sunday between labor union shipping at ports from boston to h
their home in stanford, connecticut. we talked to her about six months ago at an extraordinarily difficult time in her life. we're going to catch back up with her and see how she's been doing over these last six months and how she is looking toward the future. >> must be a hard time of year for her. we look forward to catching up with her. >>> on a much different note, ann curry has traveled to middle earth to get a fantastic interview with the one, the only peter jackson. a rare interview with him. he's going to show us revolutionary ways he's bringing the hobbit to life. >>> and whether you've noticed it, a lot of advertisements now seem to be targeting men. they call it the mansumer. even some for diapers and all those things people used to call women's work. madison avenue catching up with changes that have already happened in the home. we'll talk about that coming up. >> all right. before we get to all that, let's get inside. natalie? >> good morning again, matt, savannah, and al. president obama and house speaker john boehner could be off to a fresh start in their efforts to avoid th
connecticut, maryland, some of the other states that were hit as well. what is your number that you put out in your testimony? >> there are the firms that we have looked at from the population information that were in the primary disaster area. these are the ones that incurred the worst of the storm. >> how do these jive with the fema numbers? >> the theme and numbers include primary and secondary areas. they had significant disruption of businesses, but not as much physical disaster in our estimation. >> different numbers for new jersey and new york, what would your numbers be for new jersey? and if you would give those for the record, my other question is, if you do your normal business with 24 regional centers and 35 out reach offices, how do you handle a surge? if you are processing the daily requirements, they have got to be less than 10% of the pressures that you are feeling now, how are you not surging your capacity to take care of the requests that must be flying out right now? >> what we did immediately was exhaust my annual travel budget by transferring people into the impact area
of snow in some areas, especially back into ohio, pennsylvania and new york state. granby, connecticut, picked up six inches before it changed over to rain. we saw winds gusting up near hurricane-force strength in brick, new jersey. 74-mile-per-hour wind gusts. most of the eastern seaboard did see gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour. this storm is still lingering across northern new england where winter storm warnings and advisories are still in effect. heaviest of the snow, though, is where they want it, up across the ski resorts through northern new york, up into vermont, new hampshire and eventually maine as well. it's the extreme northern tier of the country that could end up with more than two feet of snow. elsewhere in new england, we'll get another foot of snow in central and northern new england. rain will wind down later today and then tomorrow as we head into friday, it looks like things will finally improve. a little chilly, but the sunshine is back. temperatures tomorrow should top out in the mid to upper 30s. so improvements, they're slow to get here, but they'll still ge
, connecticut. good morning. caller: good morning. i was calling to mention low- quality food and the cost of health care, but you covered well. do you think it would be more beneficial if they start doing a local farming program where they could start growing vegetables? maybe have some land with tiles and chickens, and local people could work on the farming areas and return the food to the communities as opposed to being so reliant on high-salt diets, the foods we would coin as having a long shelf life, leaving it on the shelf for six months without going bad? has the government been able to look into those programs, considering the finances involved in the program as a whole? host: thank you. a related topic -- the availability of this fresh produce is a big distraction for many. guest: there are some programs that speak directly to the point, one our farms-to-school programs, directed to help know where food is coming from and getting fresher food into the schools. in addition, we talk about the wic program, which focuses on healthier food, and foodwic packages have revised to focus mo
-up -- if you are poor, you'd have to spend a lot of energy to get enough to eat. john, connecticut. good morning. caller: good morning. i was calling to mention low- quality food and the cost of health care, but you covered that well. do you think it would be more beneficial if they start doing a local farming program where they could start growing vegetables? maybe have some land with tiles -- cows and chickens, and local people could work on the farming areas and return the food to the communities as opposed to being so reliant on high-salt diets, the foods we would coin as having a long shelf life, leaving it on the shelf for six months without going bad? has the government been able to look into those programs, considering the finances involved in the program as a whole? host: thank you. a related topic -- the availability of this fresh produce is a big distraction for many. guest: there are some programs that speak directly to the point, one our farms-to-school programs, directed to help know where food is coming from and getting fresher food into the schools. in addition, we talk
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